Football Bears Entertain No. 23 Indiana State on Senior Day
Nov. 7, 2011
Missouri State Bears (1-8, 1-5) vs. No. 23 Indiana State Sycamores (5-4, 3-3)
Nov. 12, 2011, 1:05 p.m. Kickoff
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Series: MSU leads 16-9 (10-2 in Springfield)
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First and Ten
- Three of the last nine meetings between the Bears and Sycamores have been decided in overtime, including two of the last three. MSU, which lost in double-overtime two weeks ago against South Dakota State, is 1-10 all-time in overtime with its only win being a 27-24 win in Terre Haute in 2008.
- The Bears are 10-2 all-time against Indiana State at Plaster Field and have won four of their last five home finales overall. The last Indiana State win in Springfield came in 2001.
- Missouri State's season attendance average of 12,646 is on pace to be its highest since 1997 and third highest of all-time. If the Bears can attract at least 6,061 for today's game, they will eclipse an average home attendance of 11,000 for the first time since 1999 (12,098).
- The Bears have scored points in 10 of their last 12 quarters, in addition to scoring a touchdown in overtime against South Dakota State on Oct. 29.
- MSU has scored a touchdown on its opening drive five times in the last seven games . The Bears are averaging 74 yards per drive on those five possessions and reaching the end zone in just 5.4 plays.
- Jermaine Saffold (Sr., WR, Grandview, Mo.) caught 7 passes for 74 yards in the Oct. 29 double-overtime loss to South Dakota State, pushing him past Steve Newbold (1977-80) for the club's all-time lead in receiving yardage. He now has 2,062 yards on 113 catches with 15 touchdowns. He is the first MSU player to eclipse 2,000 yards in career receiving and is just 151 yards shy of the MSU single-season record (905) set by Mark Marcos in 2001. Saffold has a pass reception in 29 straight games and ranks 21st nationally in receiving yards per game (83.78).
- Indiana State boasts the nation's top rusher in sophomore Shakir Bell (147.44) who compiled 18 yards on 7 carries against MSU last year in Terre Haute. Bell is also No. 8 nationally in all-purpose yards. As a team, the Sycamores rank No. 2 nationally in net punting (39.65).
- Jimmie Strong (Sr., CB, Texarkana, Texas) is now fifth on MSUs all-time list for interception return yardage (197). With just seven career picks, Strong is now 33 yards shy of the MSU career record of 230 return yards set by Adrion Smith (1990-93).
- With a 107-yard rushing effort against South Dakota State, Missouri State's Trevor Wooden (So., QB, High Springs, Fla.) became the first MSU quarterback to eclipse 100 rushing yards in a game since 1995. The last Bear to do so was Jeremy Hoog with a 107-yard outburst against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 11, 1995. Wooden leads MSU with 420 rushing yards on the season, which is also the most by a Bears' signal caller since Antoine Cleveland (1992) who finished with 521 yards on 167 carries.
- Chris Douglas (Sr., RB, Lawrenceville, Ga.) is 209 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his three-year MSU career, which would make him 11th MSU player to achieve that feat.